Eye Candy: Spring Wildflowers
It’s that time of the year, but this is a particularly spectacular year. Heavy rains until just a couple of weeks ago, and even a sprinkle or two since then. The hills around the city and the surrounding area are brilliantly green, filled with wildflowers to delight even the most jaded observer… and let me tell you, I am NOT jaded about wildflowers! Here’s a bunch taken from Twin Peaks on Feb. 28, Bernal Heights during several different walks in the past two weeks of March, and a spectacular walk we took with a bunch of friends on the west slopes of Mt. Tamalpais in Marin last weekend. It had been at least 20 years since I hiked Steep Ravine trail and it was just as beautiful as ever. But more remarkable was seeing all the blooming Mt. Tam wild orchids all over the place! What a treat!
We’re crazy lucky in the Bay Area to have so much open space. I just read in the latest issue of Bay Nature that only 16% of the land in the Bay Area is urbanized. Remarkable! Those kinds of facts, confirmed by paying attention as one walks around here, is part of what drove my curiosity to start doing oral histories with local ecological activists. That in turn led to our series, Ecology Emerges, which is having its 2nd of 4 public discussion/presentations this coming Wednesday March 31, at 6 pm at San Francisco’s Main Library.